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Lyon's neighbourhoods

Which areas are suitable for living in Lyon? In which area should you go out? Here, you'll find all the information you need to find out more about Lyon's different neighbourhoods.

Croix Rousse and Les Pentes (1st et 4th Arrondissements)

👍Trendy, underground and festive area, on top of a hill

What can you do there?

  • Affordable techno nightclubs, bars and theatres

    • ❤️ Barabaar, with views over the city!

  • Independent second-hand and tattoo shops

What is there to see?

  • Mur des Canuts: mural fresco depicting the people of Lyon

  • 🎨Maison des Canuts: museum on silk work (Full price €9)

  • Jardin Rosa Mir: out of the ordinary garden made up of pebbles, stones, shells... 🐚

For a breath of fresh air:

  • Traboules : passageways that go across buildings

  • 🌳Jardin des Chartreux, Jardin des Plantes, Jardin de la Grande-Côte, Parc de la Cerisaie, Jardin du Gros Caillou

💭 Watch the sunrise from the Jardin du Gros Caillou

© NavAway

Terreaux et Bellecour - Cordeliers (1st and 2nd Arrondissements)

👍Central and lively area, with lots of bars and restaurants

What is there to see?

  • Place des Terreaux: the trendy, culture-filled spot

    • ⛲Fontaine Bartholdi: same sculptor as the Statue of Liberty

    • 🎨Musée des Beaux-Arts (and its freely accessible courtyard): Full price €8

    • 🏛️Hôtel de Ville: Lyon City Hall

    • 🎶Opéra de Lyon: between Restoration style and Jean Nouvel's architecture

  • Place Louis Pradel: the spot for street skaters 🛹

  • 🎨Musée de l'imprimerie: Full price €8

  • 🎥Cinéma Lumière Terreaux

© Krom Galerie

Berges du Rhône (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th Arrondissements)

👍A pedestrian and cycling area, ideal for family walks, jogging and evening outings

What can you do there?

  • Guillotière Skatepark: two bowls for BMX, rollerblading and skateboarding enthusiasts

  • Foch Skatepark: curbs for skateboarders and others

  • Houseboats: homes and bars/nightclubs

    • ❤️ Le Sirius: concerts and dj sets of all kinds!

💭 Have a lie down on the grass and sunbathe

© Lyon City Crunch

Rives de Saône (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th et 9th Arrondissements)

👍A pedestrian area quieter than the Berges du Rhône

Where should you go shopping?

  • Saint-Antoine Célestins Food Market

    • 🕒 Every day except Monday: 7:30 AM - 1 PM

  • Book market on Quai de la Pêcherie

    • 🕒 Saturday and sunday : 10 AM - 6 PM

  • Creators market on Quai Romain Rolland

    • 🕒 Sunday : 8 AM - 1 PM

💭 Sit on the quays facing Fourvière and contemplate the sunset

© Vanupied

Perrache - Confluence (2nd Arrondissement)

👍Residential and business district

What can you do there?

  • Confluence shopping centre👕

  • Commercial and techno nightclubs, with prices a little less affordable than in Les Pentes

    • ❤️ Le Sucre, with its iconic rooftop!

  • 🎨Musée des Confluences: anthropology and natural science museum

For a breath of fresh air:

  • 🌳Jardin d’Erevan, Jardins de Ouagadougou, Square Général Delfosse

💡Gare de Perrache : railway station, bus station and public transport hub

© Lyon Confluence

Bellecour - Carnot (2nd Arrondissement)

👍Central area of Lyon

What is there to see?

  • Place Bellecour: Europe's largest pedestrian square ! 👣

  • Rue de la République: to go shopping 👕

  • Grand Hôtel-Dieu: former hospital transformed into a shopping centre

  • 🎥Cinéma Lumière Bellecour

For a breath of fresh air:

  • Place des Célestins, Place des Jacobins, Place Ampère, Place Carnot

© VisiteLyon

Montchat (3rd Arrondissement)

👍Off-centre residential district with a "Provençal" atmosphere

For a breath of fresh air:

  • 🌳Parc Chambovet, Parc Georges Bazin

Where should you go shopping?

  • Montchat market

    • 🕒 Wednesday and Saturday : 6 AM - 12:30 PM

💭 Take a morning stroll through the small streets of Montchat


Part-Dieu (3rd Arrondissement)

👍Central business and residential district

Where should you go out?

  • 🎶Auditorium de Lyon : classical and modern programme

  • Part-Dieu shopping centre 👕

  • Bourse du Travail : entertainment hall

For a breath of fresh air:

  • 🌳Esplanade Nelson Mandela, Place Guichard

💡Gare Part-Dieu : main railway station and public transport hub

© Marvellous World

Vieux Lyon and Fourvière (5th Arrondissement)

👍Historic area, UNESCO World Heritage Site

What is there to see?

  • Basilique de Fourvière: 19th-century basilica. 🕒 7 AM - 8 PM

  • Gallo-Roman Theatre: ruins of 2 Roman theatres and museum, free except for exhibitions

  • 🎨Musée Cinéma et Miniature: Full price 13,90€

  • 🎨Musée de Guignol: Guignol is a folkloric puppet from Lyon ! (Full price 5€)

    • ❤️ The Jardin Gadagne on the roof of the museum is accessible without paying!

For a breath of fresh air:

  • Traboules: passageways that go across buildings

  • Archaeological garden: small park with the remains of a 5th-century church

  • 🌳Parc des Hauteurs, Jardin des Curiosités

💭 Watch the sunset from the Parc des Hauteurs

© Dennis JARVIS

Tête d’Or and Brotteaux - Bellecombe (6th Arrondissement)

👍Posh residential area with chic, elegant bars

What can you do there?

  • 🎨Musée d’Art Contemporain: Full price 9€

  • 🎨Musée Guimet: former history museum, venue for all kinds of exhibitions

  • 🎥Cinéma Lumière Fourmi

For a breath of fresh air:

  • 🌳Parc de la Tête d’or: zoo, botanical garden, lake

  • 🌳Place du Maréchal Lyautey

© Le Petit Paumé

Guillotière - Jean Macé (7th Arrondissement)

👍Multicultural working-class neighbourhood

QWhat can you do there?

  • Lots of affordable, actively engaged bars

    • ❤️ Les Clameurs: community bar with a library and some concerts

  • 🏊Piscine du Rhône: Full price 8€

  • 👕Emmaüs Créqui: 🕒 mardi, mercredi, vendredi et samedi

💡Gare de Jean Macé : railway station

© Sebcolor

Gerland (7th Arrondissement)

👍Student-friendly and family-friendly neighbourhood

What can you do there?

  • 🛹Skatepark de Lyon: intérieur et extérieur

  • Matmut Stadium: rugby stadium 🏉 (official stadium of the LOU)

For a breath of fresh air:

  • 🌳Parc de Gerland, Parc des Berges

© BM Lyon

Monplaisir (8th Arrondissement)

👍Quiet family-friendly neighbourhood, residential overall

What is there to see?

  • 🎨Musée Lumière: discover the creation of the cinematograph

  • 🎥Institut Lumière: a cinema with a unique programme and affordable prices (Full price 8,50€)

  • 🍻Student and trendy bars on the Cours Albert Thomas

Where should you go shopping?

  • Book market on Place Ambroise Courtois

    • 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month: 🕒 8 AM - 6 PM

  • Local shops on Avenue des Frères Lumière 👕

For a breath of fresh air:

  • 🌳Parc Blandan, Place Ambroise Courtois, Jardin de l’Institut Lumière

© Vivre Lyon

Etats Unis - Moulin à Vent (8th Arrondissement)

👍Residential and working-class neighbourhood

What can you do there?

  • 🎨Musée Tony Garnier: discover Tony Garnier's architecture and its impact on the city

  • 🕺Maison de la Danse: 100% dance line-up

Where should you go shopping?

  • Etats-Unis Food Market

    • Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: 6 AM - 1 PM

For a breath of fresh air:

  • 🌳Parc du Clos Layat, Place Ennemond Romand

© Tim Douet


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